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11/12/2018

Technology for Tomorrow is offering training in science, technology, engineering and math skills to refugees and other people in South Burlington, Vt., looking to find jobs and assimilate in the US. Program manager Bjorn Norstrom says the organization has served about 500 people in the past six months.

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11/12/2018

The director of Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art, Klaus Biesenbach, added four new board members, three hailing from outside the US and also board members of Biesenbach's previous employer, MoMA PS1 in New York City. Biesenbach is reportedly reviewing the concept of eliminating admission fees to the museum, which some local arts advocates have supported.

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11/12/2018

The San Francisco Foundation, which distributes between $100 million and $150 million in grants annually, focuses on "pathways to equity" as it tries to address Bay Area racial and economic disparities, CEO Fred Blackwell says. "He really is a champion for community and equity and making sure that social justice is not just an exercise, but is the way we operate in the region," says Tomiquia Moss, CEO of Hamilton Families.

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11/12/2018

Erin Norton and Misty Williams are forming a new nonprofit in Flint Hills, Kan., that will use therapeutic horseback riding to help veterans and other people in need cope with issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder. The organization has received 501(c)(3) status and is currently fundraising to acquire land for the project.

11/12/2018

Sergeants should visit barracks regularly on weekends in an effort to curb death by suicide, according to Army Secretary Mark Esper. "The real push I am trying to do is to really ... get the chain of command back involved, getting to know [their soldiers], engaging them, understanding what their problems are, understanding their family, their backgrounds -- all of that," he said.

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11/12/2018

A Reserve air crew with the 315th Airlift Wing, based in Charleston, S.C., stepped up to help a severely burned Army soldier after their flight home from Germany was delayed by weather conditions. The crew transported the soldier to San Antonio, Texas, where he could receive treatment at the Brooke Army Medical Center.

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11/12/2018

The VA could see its biggest budget ever in fiscal 2020, according to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, although he acknowledged there are no plans on President Donald Trump's part to exempt the VA from budget cuts. "I am convinced that the veterans budget, by the time it gets through both chambers of Congress, will replace this last veterans budget as the largest in history," he said.

11/12/2018

Three Marine Corps Reserve officers relieved of command last year in Massachusetts did not address low morale and other complaints from their unit and fostered a fearful environment, according to investigation records secured through a Freedom of Information Act request. The command "has made a concerted effort over the course of the last 12 months to emphasize fair and equal treatment, to bolster unit cohesion, and to establish a positive command climate," Marine spokesman Maj. Roger Hollenbeck said.

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11/12/2018

Thousands of diapers, baby wipes and other items related to child care have been donated to the Child Crisis Center of El Paso, Texas, by Reserve troops with the 210th Regional Support Group in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. The unit chose to donate to the Child Crisis Center because it helps military families in need, Capt. Jerald Bodden said.

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11/12/2018

Air Force reservists were involved in the transportation of 84,700 pounds of food headed to orphanages and charities in Afghanistan. Reservists with Grissom Air Reserve Base in Indiana worked with those from Westover Air Reserve Base in Massachusetts on the shipment, which was part of the Denton Program, a Defense Department humanitarian transportation effort.